The Next Phase—MBAs Ideal for Experienced Professionals Pursuing New Careers

August 10, 2011

By 2010, pediatric allergist Angela Ang-Alhadeff, M.D., had more than a decade of experience as a physician and was ready to consider new career options in health care administration. To be successful, she knew she’d need to return to school for a master’s degree.

“I had to choose between an MBA and a master’s in health care administration,” says Ang-Alhadeff, EMBA ’12, a graduate of Smith College who earned her M.D. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. “I’ve spent years in medicine, and wanted to broaden my experience and knowledge. A master’s in health care administration would be valuable, but it’s a narrow focus, and I wanted to open myself up to more options. With an MBA, I could work with various organizations such as pharmaceutical firms as well as hospitals or large practices.”

After weighing her options, Ang-Alhadeff decided to enroll in the Executive MBA program at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management.

“I studied the available programs in the area, and I liked what Loyola had to offer,” says Ang-Alhadeff. “It’s in the classroom, not online; it’s well known in the region; and I wanted an accelerated program. I’ll complete my degree in 21 months. I also enjoy the cohort format, bonding not only with my team, but the opportunity to network and form relationships with the entire class. The domestic and international field experiences were another draw.”

Midway through the program, Ang-Alhadeff has found classes in business law and team management and leadership to be among the most interesting and insightful—perhaps not surprising considering her initial motivation for earning her MBA.

“I wanted a broader view of the business environment, to better understand how medicine interrelates with it,” says Ang-Alhadeff, who expects to complete her degree in May 2012.

And that broad view is exactly what Loyola’s MBA programs aim to provide. Loyola’s part-time MBA programs—the Executive MBA, MBA Fellows, and Professional MBA—attract professionals from every market sector and career level. In fact, 15 percent of the Executive MBA cohort enrolling in the fall of 2010, when Ang-Alhadeff did, came from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare industries, while 20 percent came from government and defense. Only 13 percent of the group worked in financial services. A similar demographic is reflected in the Professional MBA program, Loyola’s largest graduate business program, with 15 percent coming from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare industries. The rest of the Professional MBA students enrolling in the fall of 2010 included 25 percent in government and defense, 20 percent in financial services, 15 percent in consumer goods, 10 percent in energy, and 10 percent in non-profit organizations.

Applications for fall 2011 starts are still being accepted in all programs. The Executive and MBA Fellows programs attract professionals with at least 5 – 10 years of managerial experience, depending on the program, and the more flexible Professional MBA program attracts professionals with a range of two years to more than 20 years experience. For more information on the Sellinger School’s Executive MBA program, as well as the University’s other graduate business options, please visit